The upper barrel of the “Freedom Pen” is made from basswood and dyed blued to match the background of the original Stars and Stripes. The 50 stars representing the United States of America are made from natural holly, all inlaid by hand. The lower barrel is festooned with 13 wavy red and white stripes made from basswood dyed red and natural holly. The pen also features 22k gold and platinum fittings with a German iridium fountain pen nib. Towards the end of World War II basswood sawdust was added to bread to try and produce enough loaves to feed everyone.
The first of these pens is in the private collection of Sen. John McCain's estate of Arizona.